23 January 2010

UP, UST clash for UAAP football lead

Reigning champion University of the Philippines and unbeaten University of Santo Tomas face off in Sunday’s UAAP men’s football action at the Erenchun field in Ateneo campus.

State U, which scored wins against University of the East (2-0) and host Ateneo (2-0), and Santo Tomas U take the field in the 1 p.m. second game with the winner taking the early lead in this edition of the annual tournament.

UE, winless after two matches, clashes with Far Eastern University (1-1) in the 10 a.m. opening match.

"Every game goes tougher and wilder," said UP mentor Frank Muescam, who expects Ghanaian player Ayi Nii Aryee to step up anew after a remarkable debut last Wednesday. “I’m hoping we sustain our run because every team wants to beat us."

UST, in a tie with UP on top at 2-0, is expected to rely on strikers Christian De Juan and Mark Clarino.

Host Ateneo (1-1) aims for its second win when it battles La Salle (0-2) in the 3 p.m. closing match.

Defending women’s champion UST nailed its second win after a 2-1 decision against Ateneo behind the goals by Nikki Regalado (7th minute) and Marianne Narciso (17th minute) to stay on top.

FEU settled for a scoreless draw against La Salle in the other match. – GMANews.TV

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